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8 Myths Homeowners Buy Into

Posted: October 02, 2018 by Anna Jotham

As a new homeowner, the learning curve can be steep. Worse, while you’re still trying to figure out where to plug in your cell phone charger or the trick to getting that sticky lock to turn, there are also a lot of myths out there to navigate. The minefield of misinformation in the digital space can keep you from making the right choices to protect your property. More, the last thing any homeowner wants to do is to pour a lot of valuable capital into something better left alone.

So how do you separate fact from fiction? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back on some of the most popular myths homeowners fall victim to. So before the weekend honey-do list arrives, here’s a quick overview to keep you in the know.



  1. Improvements always add value to your home. Not true. You may pour $25,000 into a new garage, but that doesn’t mean you’ll recoup your investment when it’s time to sell the property. Beware, some home improvements may even detract from the value of your home.

  2. Mold, radon, asbestos and infestations are catastrophic. Sure, some issues are a huge deal, but many are not. And depending on the scope of these issues, some fixes may be a DIY job. Radon can be vented. Infestations can often be taken care of and damage repaired, and most molds are not an issue for most people and may be easy to remove. Asbestos may not even need to be eliminated if it is unlikely to ever become airborne. Some of these issues may not be cheap to fix, but they aren’t the end of the world either.

  3. Inexpensive materials? No problem! Cheap materials often render unsatisfactory results, so remember the old adage, “you get what you pay for.” Play the long game and invest in better materials, and you could save in other ways, including replacement costs, headaches and lower utility bills, depending on the fix.

  4. It’s cold here; we don’t need roof vents. Not true! Proper ventilation ensures that in the winter, your house doesn’t become an ice dam haven…and eventually home to mildew and mold. So, yes, you do need roof vents, whether it’s cold or hot where you live.

  5. I can do with my property as I please. Maybe you hate that tree. Maybe you want to install an outdoor clothesline or work on your car in your driveway. Depending on where you live, the decision may not start and end with you. If you bought a house and are a member of a homeowner’s association, there are likely restrictions on what you can and cannot do. The same goes if you have a co-op board to answer to or a condo association. So before you install that clothesline, or cut down that tree, or change the oil in your car, see who you’re supposed to check with first.

  6. I need to save some cash, so I’ll just shingle over the old roof. This myth can wind up being a costly mistake. Covering up old, rotting shingles with new shingles is simply not a good idea. If you need a new roof, get a new roof.

  7. I’m going to save myself time by cutting the grass extra short. This myth may save you time, but your yard is going to suffer. Imagine weeds filling in where the grass has gone brown. Now imagine trying to sell your home with no curb appeal. Better to take care not to mow the grass too short; 2.5 to 3 inches in height is ideal.

  8. I’ll save money with DIY. With all of the home improvement shows on the airwaves today, you may be tempted to go it alone when it comes to renovations, thinking you’ll save some cash. But the reality of reno is typically far removed from what you see on TV. A professional can save you time and frustration, and if a mistake happens it comes out of their pocket, not yours.


Homebuyer, be wise. Know the myths vs. truths

When it’s time to buy a home, knowing the myths from the truths is vital to creating the home of your dreams. By being wise to the misinformation out there, you can make sure your home will maintain or even increase in value when it’s time to sell.

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